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Guide to the Paul R. DesJardins collection
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The Paul R. DesJardins collection documents DesJardins’s career as a programmer, with material dating from 1947 to 2003, and the bulk from 1956 to 1993. A large portion of the collection is related to the development of the time-sharing system RUSH, and to PL/I, the programming language used for RUSH. DesJardins was the principal designer of RUSH when he worked at Allen-Babcock Computing. Also included is a smaller amount of material created and collected by DesJardins when he worked at North American Aviation and Nucleus International. Lastly, the collection contains various publications collected by DesJardins that include technical papers, newsletters, conference and seminar proceedings, manuals, reference guides, specifications, and promotional material.
Paul R. DesJardins is notable for his work as a programmer, particularly in aerospace applications, operating systems, time-sharing systems, databases, and other industry applications and programs. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering, then studied numerical analysis at UCLA Extension. At the beginning of his career, DesJardins worked in the aerospace industry doing application programming, aircraft design, flight testing, and trajectory analysis for Chase Aircraft Company, Redstone Arsenal, the United States Army, and North American Aviation (NAA). DesJardins was with the army from 1950 to 1953, where he worked in missile trajectory analysis, aircraft flight safety, maintenance, and parts procurement. After the army, DesJardins was employed at NAA from 1954 to 1965 in the Missile Division, where he worked as the supervisor of flight test data analysis, and as the director of the Computer Services Division. He was involved in space flight analysis, celestial mechanics, lunar landing studies, and the NAA’s Hardware Committee. After leaving the NAA, DesJardins worked for Allen-Babcock Computing (ABC) from 1965 to 1972 as the vice president of systems and programming. While at ABC, he was the principal designer of RUSH (Remote Use of Shared Hardware), a time-sharing system for the IBM System/360 Model 50 that used the PL/I language, and contributed to the development of other instructions and applications for a variety of industries. DesJardins worked as a database application consultant from 1973 to 1986, then worked for Nucleus International (formerly Marcus) into the 1990s. While at Nucleus, DesJardins co-designed a bit vector coding method that was patented as the Bit String Compressor with Boolean Operation Processing Capability in 1991. Outside of work, DesJardins was active in the IBM user group SHARE as a program chairman and board of directors member. He was also a national Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) lecturer on application-specific programming in 1969. DesJardins passed away in 2007.
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